• 2018

All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018, Ranked

List RulesVote up the people, places, things, ideas, memes, and other ~stuff~ that most defined 2018.

In 2018, news, culture, and people in general just moved a lot faster, turning days into whirlwinds of news updates, Instagram stories, and your high school friend's fifth consecutive motivational Facebook status of the day. To help catalog the year, here are 2018's trending topics, from the biggest news stories to the most popular trends. Some of them directly influenced 2019's most popular topics, but 2018 was truly a tale all its own.

The Royal Family had a baby and a wedding, while Facebook's previously unshakeable hold on the internet began to wane. More and more evidence came forward about election meddling by foreign powers, there was a historic summit with North Korea, and we all argued with our families about Yanny and Laurel. From important topics to notable memes, this is everything that went viral in 2018.

What were the biggest and most famous topics in 2018? What happened in 2018 that left a mark? Which of these things did your mom ask you to explain?

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    The Marvel film brought the Avengers and various other Marvel names together to fight Thanos.

    Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the  ...more
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    Wildfires In California

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    Throughout November, multiple wildfires burned in both northern and southern California. The Camp Fire was the deadliest US fire in 100 years, taking the lives of 85 people and burning over 150,000 acres in Butte County. The Woolsey Fire burned over 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and three people lost their lives.

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    The 2018 film broke box office records.

    After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as  ...more
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    In June, Ariana Grande and SNL star Pete Davidson announced their engagement after just a few weeks of dating. Conspiracy theorists got busy. In October, the couple broke up. In December, the exes also became embroiled in Twitter beef with Kanye West.

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    The Prince, born on April 23, 2018, is fifth in line for the British throne.

    Prince Louis of Cambridge is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child and second son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is  ...more
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    The Thai Boys Soccer Team

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    On June 23, a Thai boys soccer team hiking in a cave became trapped after seasonal flooding cut off their exit. Thai Navy SEALs ultimately freed all team members and their coach after 18 days and multiple rescue missions.

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    On November 30, the 41st US president passed. He had suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease. His state funeral took place on December 5 and was attended by all living US presidents and numerous foreign dignitaries.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met in Singapore in June 2018.

    North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. North Korea  ...more
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    Between the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseand the Spider-Man PS4 game, Peter Parker's star shone brightly in 2018.

    Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the Silver Age  ...more
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    Voting

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    2018 marked a midterm election year and saw celebrities and public figures across America encourage voting like never before.

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    Child Immigrants Being Separated From Their Parents

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    The Trump administration's severe crackdown on immigration resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their parents by the government.

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    The biracial actor married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and has  ...more
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

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    The international tournament took place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018.

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    Hurricane Florence

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    The Category 4 hurricane devastated the Carolinas and surrounding regions, with up to 35 inches of rain, severe flooding, and winds up to 140 mph. Many roads and highways remained flooded for weeks following the storm and at least 42 people lost their lives.

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    The Queen of Soul passed on August 16 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Many notable people attended her funeral, held in Detroit, while others paid their respects during two days of public open casket visitations.

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    The 2017 co-op sandbox survival game gained further popularity and proved its staying power in 2018.

    Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, the former also publishing the game. The game was released as a paid early access title for Microsoft Windows,  ...more
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    March For Our Lives

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    The student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, DC, following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

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    Yanny Or Laurel

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    What did you hear? The audio clip caused rifts between friends, families, and coworkers.

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    thank u, next

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    Ariana Grande's hit single took the pop charts by storm on November 3. Naming four of her exes, including Pete Davidson, the song broke multiple records and debuted at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On November 30, Grande released a music video for the track which pays homage to the films Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, and 13 Going on 30.

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    The latest installment in the series was widely praised by players and critics and spawned all manner of hilarious memes.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4  ...more
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    Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

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    Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 about Dr. Ford's sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

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    The Game of Thrones star broke out of Khal Drogo's ponytail and into household name territory with a star-turn as Aquaman and a slew of feel-good press.

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    The rapper performed the song "This Is America" on Saturday Night Live and debuted the accompanying video shortly beforehand to wide appeal.

    Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ  ...more
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    Moth Lamp

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    A new meme. Don't overthink it.

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    Smart Horror Movies

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    Including such releases as A Quiet Place, Hereditary, Suspiria, Little Stranger, They Remain, and Annihilation.